In an interview with Texas Monthly, Rather described it as "a heavy protein mixture that's whipped up in a blender. Frankly I don't know what's in the damn stuff_someone on my staff makes it_but it's good for a few reasons: It gives you a burst of energy, you can gulp it down quickly, and it's liquid, so you're not chewing when you come back on the air."
But when he finally got a break, he says, he was unable to fall asleep.
"I read the Bible. Frequently that will take my mind off things. It didn't. Then I picked up whatever I could find. I tried to read Richard Reeves's new book about Richard Nixon. I got through three sentences. I ate, paced, tried to sleep. Sleep wouldn't come."